A horrible thought

I was watching the local news, which had a report on the Obama Presidential Library–to be built not far from where I live. And then I thought this:

WILL THERE BE A DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY?

Will it really happen? Maybe not if he’s impeached. But even Richard Nixon, who resigned in disgrace, has one.

112 Comments

  1. Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Would it be filled with? Comic books?

    • Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

      No, of course, he has a complete collection of all the magazines that have his picture on the cover. That will be the centerpiece of the library.

      • Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

        And a steep admission admission fee.

      • Derek Freyberg
        Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

        Including the TIME cover with him on it that never existed, except on his wall.

    • gluonspring
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

      The centerpiece will be two giant TV’s.

      One will be an endless loop of Fox and Friends.

      The other will show an endless loop of Trump Tweets.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted January 31, 2018 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

        Guests will be given their choice of cyanide pill or Luger and bandanna.

        • gluonspring
          Posted February 7, 2018 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

          +1

  2. Mark Perew
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    It will be the best lie-brary ever built.

    • GBJames
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

      Very good!

    • ladyatheist
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

      Correction: Lie-berry.

  3. Craw
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Ther wil b.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      Sad!

  4. Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Gold phone booth with Fox News blaring.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

      The Guggenheim did offer to front him this work of art:

      • Merilee
        Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

        Gold toilet with Fox News burbling.

  5. koseighty
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    A deluge of 3×5 cards, each containing a single tweet.

  6. SusanD
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    All the books will be by ghost writers…

    • SusanD
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

      And of course, full of fake news

  7. Heather Hastie
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Don’t you dare fix the typo! It’s perfect for this post! 😀

    It will be an annex at Mar-a-lago. It will look like a reading room in a Medieval Monastery. All the books will be gold embossed and chained to the wall, and unreadable by a person not educated in Trump-speak. Except for his full works i.e. his Tweets.

    • Filippo
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

      And one can sit on a 24 carat toilet while reading.

  8. Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps he can build it at Fort Leavenworth KS or in Italy next to Mussolini’s Museum

    https://qz.com/993672/a-controversial-museum-is-forcing-italy-to-talk-about-its-fascist-past/

  9. DrBrydon
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    He will. It’s Federal law. The Presidential Libraries are part of the National Archives and Records Administration.

    • ladyatheist
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

      … assuming he doesn’t de-commission it.

    • David Coxill
      Posted February 1, 2018 at 12:03 am | Permalink

      A bit ironic ,seeing as he admits to never having read a book in his life.

  10. J Cook
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps it can be placed on the 18th hole at Mar a Loco where it can be washed away by rising sea level.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

      Climate change is a Chinese hoax, according to the Donald, but he’s seeking permission to build a seawall at his course in Ireland because of rising sea levels.

      Weird, huh?

      • Posted February 1, 2018 at 6:55 am | Permalink

        Seeking? He’s got permission, despite our best efforts. Bribery still works, even from someone who notoriously doesn’t even pay up

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted February 1, 2018 at 11:33 am | Permalink

          The US news media doesn’t always update the goings-on out there in “not-America.” Sorry.

          • Posted February 3, 2018 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

            I sent the “You’ve been Trumped” video (the one about his despicable behaviour in Scotland over a similar issue) to all the councillors in Clare county (the ones who voted on it). Fat lot of good I did.

  11. Michael Fisher
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Donlad J. Trump Libary & Gofl Retort

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

      Yes, the library will be on the 19th hole. All the books will be about golf and Trump. You can check a book out but never leave.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

        Trump Resorts International Country Club, Library & Hotel, California?

  12. George
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Where would it go? Usually to a place the former president came from. Can you imagine New York wanting it. Maybe at Fallwell’s Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

    • gluonspring
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

      That is probably the only kind of place that would want it, and it’d be a fitting tribute to Fallwell’s role in the world.

  13. Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    A tweet list should be sufficient.

  14. Merilee
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Even Dubya has one.

    • Posted February 2, 2018 at 11:32 am | Permalink

      People were making the same cracks about his back in the day. I never thought I’d say this, but we’ve at least *seen* Mr. Bush reading …

      What does it contain, though? _My Pet Goat_ was the joke …

  15. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Nixon, for all his myriad faults, was at least reasonably well-read (for a politician, anyway). If we were to fill the the Trump Presidential Library with all the books he’s never read, it would have more titles (including his own, from all appearances) than the Library of Congress.

    • Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

      Actually, Nixon finished much of LBJ’s great society program. His policies would be inconceivable by a Republucan president today.

      • gluonspring
        Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

        Indeed. The EPA was created under Nixon.

        Both on knowledge and policy, and increasingly even on ethics, I’d take Nixon over most of the GOP today.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

        Nixon left domestic policy to other, lesser men; he and Henry Kissinger were too taken with their folie a deux of being International Übermenschen to be bothered.

        Nixon was a swinish thug, always to be found on the political low road. He could be read for scum from three-thousand miles.

        But then, next to Donald Trump, he seems like Pericles.

        • gluonspring
          Posted January 31, 2018 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

          Exactly so.

        • bobkillian
          Posted February 1, 2018 at 11:46 am | Permalink

          Well put.
          I was sitting here imagining the Donald reading your comment. He’d never get through it; too many big words, and annoyed by who the hell is Pericles?

        • Posted February 5, 2018 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

          Let’s hope that we won’t live to see a POTUS who will make Trump seem like Pericles!

    • Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

      When Jerry mentioned Nixon’s library in his post, I wondered what might be in it, and found this, which transfixed me for the last half hour:
      https://www.nixonlibrary.gov/virtuallibrary/documents/histories/schilling-2007-02-17.pdf

  16. Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    A trump Library would contain only pornographic DVDs

  17. steve oberski
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Needless to say, at the Trump library, free ‘Covfefe’ will be served in ‘Nambia’ room which will feature a bible open at ‘Two Corinthians’, no ‘Bad hombres’ welcome.

    • Posted February 1, 2018 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      And the toilets will be named after African countries and Haiti.

  18. glen1davidson
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Filled with textbooks from Trump University. Or at least with invoices from there.

    Seriously, though, why wouldn’t there be a Trump Library? It might be one of the more interesting of the presidential libraries given his, ah, eccentric claims and statements.

    People will be wondering “why” from the beginning to the end.

    Glen Davidson

  19. gluonspring
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    I hope the pee tape finds it’s way there.

    (Actually, I don’t think there is a pee tape. Trump would shrug off merely cavorting on tape with peeing prostitutes. It’d be like a two day scandal for him and everyone would move on. No, if there’s a tape that can account for his obsequious deference to Russia, it’s got underaged girls in it).

  20. R.H.
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    One phrase that helps me endure Trumpocratic anomalies comes from Buffett (Jimmy Buffett)…If we couldn’t laugh we just would go insane.

  21. Sarah
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    I am suddenly reminded of Bob Hope’s wisecrack about Spiro Agnew’s library: it had been completely destroyed by fire and so both his books were lost…and he hadn’t even finished coloring one of them.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

      Woof!

    • darrelle
      Posted February 1, 2018 at 7:43 am | Permalink

      Ouch! Bob could be pretty brutal.

      • Sarah
        Posted February 1, 2018 at 8:41 am | Permalink

        With any luck, one of the books will be the one the Supreme Court throws at him.

  22. Frank Bath
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    What titles might it contain?

  23. Bill Bass
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    All very funny comments. I got most all of them. However, I remain optimistic. I cringe at some of the things Donald says and does. But he has made a very good showing for himself in the world of business throughout his whole career. Did he stumble? Don’t we all. He is never going to be a likable person. Which may be his strength.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

      He hasn’t “made a very good showing for himself in the world of business” though.

      He is one of the many ‘billionaires’ who ain’t – it’s normal in that world to exaggerate for the purposes of generating further ‘deals’. His assets consist mainly of his brand name on properties that he doesn’t own any more – his golf resorts/clubs brand is break even or running at a loss.

      He has caused a lot of pain among a long list of creditors who haven’t been paid & never will be paid – the multiple bankruptcies helped him there.

      He started with a silver spoon in his mouth, absolutely great connections via Fred & Fred’s address book, numerous bailouts from Fred while alive, a healthy trust fund, a large sum on Fred’s death, a share of $250M [? 3 ways?] a few years after Fred’s death when property was liquidated plus NYC mafia to sort out his construction site labour disputes & oil the political wheels.

      He would probably be wealthier today if he’d kept his money in the bank earning interest.

      He is a brand & that’s it – no skill that I can see

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted January 31, 2018 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

        I also believe to be a sanctions-busting money launderer via his property rentals & sales. He’ll get caught or maybe only his patsy[s]/messenger boys [Kushner? Manafort?] will.

      • gluonspring
        Posted January 31, 2018 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

        The idea that rich people are necessarily smart and capable, or even more absurdly that they have worked hard, betrays a lack of contact with rich people. Many do have these positive traits, of course, and many have used those traits to get rich. But at least an equal number are merely winners of some life lottery, beneficiaries of one lucky deal that exploded, or of being born rich. Wealth, once obtained, creates it’s own gravity that generally attracts more money even to the foolish, dumb, and lazy.

        There is a tremendous amount of evidence that DJT falls into the latter category.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted January 31, 2018 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

          I guess your remarks are addressed at Bill Bass although you’ve replied to me. I agree with what you’ve written – he actually made some very bad business decisions to that cost fortunes & yet he bobbed back to the surface.

          Some of his most profitable decisions were bad risks that happened to pay off – such as involvement with the ready-mix concrete Mafia – it solved his labour problems & insured against future ones, but nine out of ten times that would have ultimately stymied his casino/Atlantic City ambitions. Teflon luck up to now.

          • gluonspring
            Posted February 7, 2018 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

            Yeah, meant to reply to Bill. Sorry for misplaced reply.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted January 31, 2018 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

          Trump has a low cunning when it comes to scarfing up other people’s money (and credit for their successes). He also has an animal instinct for sussing out where things like clout and leverage lie — as well as an alley-fighter’s instinct for stomping a man when he’s down.

          But “smart,” in any ordinary connotation of that term, he’s not.

          • darrelle
            Posted February 1, 2018 at 7:57 am | Permalink

            The thing that I am so fucking tired of is the long common opinion among conservative voters in the US that those kind of traits are exactly what you need in a President. The old “you need someone who can make the tough decisions” point of view. I don’t think anything has held as back more than that attitude. It results in people you wouldn’t trust to help your elderly grandmother cross the street, because they’d be just as likely to lead her in front of a bus so they can pick over her corpse for anything of value, being over represented in leadership positions of all kinds, including POTUS.

    • Posted February 1, 2018 at 8:07 am | Permalink

      Re Trump and “business decisions”.
      1) He managed to make casinos got broke–this is almost impossible for any undinged human to do

      2) Assuming that he is worth 10 billion (which he isnt) then this represents a 10% growth rate from his initial (inherited) 270 million property empire over fifty years. Anyone hwo is impressed by that should see some Florida swamp investments that I have for sale…
      https://www.marketwatch.com/story/donald-trump-could-have-been-five-times-richer-2017-04-06
      3)He’s been known to be a crook and laundering money for Russia (because no-one smart in the USA would do business with him) for over 25 years. Forget “collusion”, he’s been a tool for kleptocrats and oligarchs since 1983. None of this is remotely secret.
      https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/02/15/donald-trumps-ties-russia-go-back-30-years/97949746/
      If that’s a “businessman” then so is Al Capone. Only, Al could actually make returns to share-holders from time to time.

      • Posted February 2, 2018 at 11:32 am | Permalink

        Yeah, what sort of businessman *loses money on a casino*???

        • Posted February 3, 2018 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

          What sort of businesman loses money on a casino? If I had to hazard a guess I’d say “one who is laundering money for criminals”. But, of course, that would mean that the Americans had elected a mobster to be their commander in chief. Which couldnt happen of course. I mean–there would have to be some sort of record going back years…surely no electorate would be so assinine…
          The Australians took one look at Trump and his mob conenctions and went “no way”
          https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/08/report-queasy-aussies-killed-trumps-casino-bid-over-mafia-connections/
          I know that America has a penchant for mobster presidents (Kennedy for instance) but at least they usually have the decency to pretend to be upstanding citizens while they are in office. Kennedy didnt just march in with a big bag marked “swag” and start to loot the country while putting his equally appaling crime family in positions to do the same. Trump is doing exactly that.

  24. Zaya
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Yes. On the campus of Liberty University. Thus highlighting his Christian values and his defense of Christianity in America. Lol

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

      He can Trumpsplain ’em about the “two Corinthians” again.

  25. docbill1351
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    The Trump Library will consist of the Hall of Indictments.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

      Very good. They could start building a new wing at Leavenworth Prison to hold all of this and all the Trump followers in these indictments. But they better hurry because the U.S. Justice Dept. and the F.B.I. might soon not even exist or if it does, it will be nothing but a subsidiary of Trump Inc.

  26. starskeptic
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    What will they do when the other book is checked out?

    • Posted January 31, 2018 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

      You mean #fakebook. 😀

      • starskeptic
        Posted February 1, 2018 at 12:00 am | Permalink

        A phone-book and 2 Corinthians….

  27. Posted January 31, 2018 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    There will be no books, but there will be many TV’s turned to Fox News. And there will be iPhones and iPads from which you can send tweets.

    • starskeptic
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

      Yay – multi-media…

  28. Bill Bass
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Well, even if he’s not a billionaire, he’s certainly living like one. He must have it over on somebody.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

      He’s LIVES like a billionaire? But that wasn’t the point you originally made.

      Being as “optimistic” as you are, regarding the Donald’s presidential capabilities, based on how you perceive his business acumen, is the same error many of his financial partners, customers & licensing authorities etc have made. He’s a Teflon conman – not someone to be optimistic about in any role.

      • Posted February 3, 2018 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

        To look at Trump and to go “he must be msart, else why is he like that?” is precisely why so many Trump University rubes got conned. Its ok to get conned,we are all vulnerable, but to go back to a known conman and ask him to do it again? Now that’s really dumb.

  29. mfdempsey1946
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Appreciate the humor. It helps.

    But can’t shake the thought that, despite “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” despair may be the most accurate response to what is happening in the former USA.

  30. loren russell
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Of all the damage DT has, can, and will do to our national fabric, a shrine is the least of our worries.

    But, if you dig deep enough in the proposal for infrastructure, you will likely find a nice design by Alfred Speer.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      Albert Speer’s stuff is above Trump – too elegant & restrained [even with all those eagles & searchlights] – I rather like Speer’s understated, but huge ’30s modernist PRORA RESORT which was recently finally finished & put to use.

      I nominate the Hipgnosis team as architects – they built the Pink Floyd inflatable pig. Another just like that, but bigger & gold not pink. Full of hot air rather than helium, purely for the symbolism.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted January 31, 2018 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

        As some wag put it, Trump’s tastes run to Bath Party chic.

        • Merilee
          Posted January 31, 2018 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

          With maybe a little Ceascescu(sp?) sprinkled in…

          • Merilee
            Posted January 31, 2018 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

            Ceausescu

        • Posted February 2, 2018 at 11:33 am | Permalink

          Bath Party or Baath party?

          (I think the answer might be “yes”.)

      • Merilee
        Posted January 31, 2018 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

        Hot-air-filled giant gold piggie. Perfect!

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted January 31, 2018 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

          Oh. With a thatched straw comb-over 🙂

          • Merilee
            Posted January 31, 2018 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

            Perfecter‼️

      • Posted February 1, 2018 at 5:21 am | Permalink

        There is nothing beautiful about this Prora construction monster which extends terribly monotonous for kilometers along the coastal landscape on the Baltic Sea.

        • Posted February 1, 2018 at 8:36 am | Permalink

          Geez, just took a look at Prora- not only ugly, but hope no one everys show a photo to the president. He could build The Wall of his own hotels. And Mexicans would have to pay to stay there.

  31. Posted January 31, 2018 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Guantanamo Bay?

  32. Posted January 31, 2018 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    This same thought had occurred to me a few weeks ago and I started making a list of characteristics of the library. Here is what I have so far:
    1. The entrance is flanked by golden arches.
    2. Women would be required to wear athletic cups for safety.
    3. Anyone not of Scandinavian descent pays to get in.
    4. Very small. Only one book inside.
    5. A phone at every display where you can tweet your own idiotic comments to the nation.

  33. Craw
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Clinton was impeached. He has a library.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted February 1, 2018 at 12:15 am | Permalink

      I’ve a vague recollection of him being acquitted in the Senate and completing his two terms in office — and of eight years of relative peace and prosperity, too.

      I’m no fan of Bubba, as I’ve made clear many times in this space before, but there’s no comparing him to Chairman MAGA.

      • Posted February 1, 2018 at 5:28 am | Permalink

        Sorry: Chairman MAGA?

        • gluonspring
          Posted February 7, 2018 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

          Yeah, get your authoritarians straight. It’s Il Duce MAGA.

          • gluonspring
            Posted February 7, 2018 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

            That is, Ken, get your authoritarians straight. It’s Il Duce MAGA.

  34. Posted February 1, 2018 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    And what the hell would be wrong with that? The spirit of Donald Trump has a lot to contribute even to the fine arts! In HIs Library you’ll find such great works as a critical edition of E.L. James’s complete works. A first edition of Coen Van Der Kroon’s “Golden Fountain”, signed by the author in his own bodily fluids. The uncritical edition of “Mein Kampf”, obviously. Facsimile editions of all of Josiah C. Nott’s groundbreaking works. Just to name a few …

  35. Rosmarie Maran
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    I did also have a terrible thought – or maybe better a déja-vu yesterday, hearing in the local news that Trump announced that he will increase spending money on military and infrastructure: A man of ridiculous stature inexplicably coming to power, promising to make his nation great again, producing unexpected economic success, gaining respect, although much grudgingly by his enemies, pushing military and building infrastructure, and …?

  36. Neil Wolfe
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    It will undoubtedly have a drive-through window and the lobby will feature a magnificent statue of a bare-chested Putin astride a galloping stallion.

    A reflecting pool full of jet-skis (ala Idiocracy) would be a nice touch.

    • Posted February 1, 2018 at 11:11 am | Permalink

      Glad you mentioned Idiocracy. I need to see that movie again now that Trump is in office.

    • Posted February 1, 2018 at 9:49 am | Permalink

      I was going to ask “Why would someone who never reads have a library?” but now it makes sense.

    • Posted February 1, 2018 at 11:15 am | Permalink

      Build it and he will come?

  37. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Well, it isn’t going to have “The Fire and the Fury” in it, and that’s a damn shame.

    • Posted February 2, 2018 at 11:35 am | Permalink

      Would be nice if some staffer is charged with “getting everything about me” for some narcissistic reason and that sort of thing comes in (even if it is a hack job).

  38. Posted February 3, 2018 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Well, obviously, the Dotards Library will have to contain a complete collection of the Dilbert books (cartoonist Scott Adams is a rabid Trump fan). And Norman Vincent Peale–the first person to peddle the whole “The Universe really cares about you, you special magical flower you, and you dont have to abide by the rules those other poor saps follow” schtick. Peale presided at Trump’s first wedding.

    • Posted February 3, 2018 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

      We need a word for the sad feeling one gets when one finds out someone whose work we admire is, as you call it, a rabid Trump fan. Something German is needed I think but I don’t know German. Anyone?

      • Merilee
        Posted February 3, 2018 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

        Scheißkopf

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted February 3, 2018 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

          ahahaha – I’m gonna use that! I guess the “ß” is an ess sound.

          • Merilee
            Posted February 3, 2018 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

            Yup – double s – called scharfes (sharp) s for some reason.


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